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How to Stop Helicoptering and Start Disciplining Your Kids Effectively

The trick is allowing your kids to have an "oh, crap!" moment and learn from their mistakes.<p>Parenting used to primarily concern providing love, some structure and meeting the basic needs of children. That was pretty much it. As a child, if I forgot my flute at home, no one was going to bring it to …

Parenting

California Pediatrician Demonstrates His Trusted Method for Gently Calming a Crying Baby

Doctor Robert Hamilton of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics in Santa Monica, California demonstrates his tried and true method for gently quieting a crying …

Santa Monica

Is This Freakily Effective Baby-Calming 'Hold' for Real?

Babies cry. On planes, in public places, around strangers, often when their parents really wish they wouldn’t. They wail like there’s no tomorrow. It …

Pregnancy

5 things I wish I had known about balancing parenthood with running a business

I didn’t plan to start a baby food company. This business found me. I grew up on a farm in Cameroon, West Africa, eating simple, homemade dishes filled with fresh vegetables and fruits. I wanted the same for my children. So I began making baby food in my kitchen, and sharing it with friends and …

Parenting

Watch: Chiropractor Mom's Car Seat Carrying Hack Is a Total Game-Changer

This chiropractor mom just came up with a genius pain-free hack for lugging your infant carrier around town, and it might totally change your life.<p>When my son was about 2 months old, I went to my doctor complaining of intense nerve pain radiating from my right shoulder all the way down my arm.<p>"What …

How To Raise Children Who Aren't Cruel

<i>How do you avoid raising a cruel child? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others</i> …

Emotional Intelligence

Babies go diaper-free with the 'elimination communication' potty-training method

<b>It's an old technique that was practiced by previous generations, but has been lost in the U.S. since the 1960s.</b><p>As Rosemary She and Jeffrey Bender …

Parenting

How do I make sure my kids stay friends for life?

Ruth Thomas, 51, no longer speaks to her brothers. “I was the eldest of three and the others ganged up on me. I’m not saying that my parents favoured them, but one brother in particular was very good at manipulating the situation.”<p>As a result, Ruth, a mother of four-year-old twins, from Croydon, …

Having a Pet in The Family Could Help Prevent Obesity And Allergies in Children

Fur real.<p>Exposure to pets when babies are very young could help reduce children's risk of developing allergies and obesity later in life, according …

Pets

6 ways in which parents hinder kids' playtime

<b>Play is so crucial for children, and yet overzealous parents have a horrible habit of ruining it.</b><p>Raising kids is hard and you’ll make a lot of …

Kids

The 'Fifth Trimester': When new moms return to work

<b>(CNN) —</b> On my first day back at work as a network news correspondent after my first child was born 11 years ago, a late assignment meant I arrived home long after my daughter had gone to bed.<p>A few mornings later, the phone rang as I got ready for work. My boss said I needed to travel to …

Pregnancy

The key to raising happy kids? The latest trend says do as the Dutch do.

<i>Vicky Hallett, a former Washington Post reporter, is a freelance writer in Florence, Italy.</i><p>What’s wrong with the American way of parenting?<p>Pretty much everything, according to an outpouring of child-rearing wisdom from our compatriots abroad. We’re a nation of helicoptering sanctimommies blinded by …

Parenting

Getting antibiotics as a baby may have lasting effects on brain, behavior | Ars Technica

Mouse study backs up human observations showing long-term changes.<p>Banishing bacteria from the body with antibiotics around birth may cause haywire …

Neuroscience

10 ways to entertain kids on planes (without using an iPad)

If an airport is purgatory on Earth, then parents who allow their children to use devices - play games, watch videos - with the volume on are bound straight for hell. I see these parents, I note their children’s behaviour, and I judge. So should you.<p>When I was a child, we brought books to read on …

Dutch kids aren’t stressed out: What Americans can learn from how the Netherlands raises children

UNICEF rated Dutch children the happiest in the world, and American kids aren’t even in the top 25. Here’s why<p>Two toddlers have just chased each other to the top of a jungle gym while their mothers are lost in conversation on a nearby park bench. A gang of older children in tracksuits comes racing …

High School

How not to hate your husband after having kids

One afternoon, a few months after my daughter was born, my husband Tom was sprawled on the couch, eyes glued to the Tour De France. As I fed Sylvie, I asked him if he would tackle the mountain of laundry she had amassed. “But I did it last time,” he said. My pulse began to race as I explained that …

They raise the world's happiest children - so is it time you went Dutch?

Two toddlers have just chased each other to the top of a climbing frame and are jostling to get down the slide first. Their mothers are lost in conversation on a nearby park bench. In the distance, a dog barks and a little boy ambles along on his balance bike, trailed by his grandfather who is …